Cracking Voices and Young Breasts

"Boys’ voices are breaking earlier; girls are developing breasts as young as six. But why?" Danish researchers began investigating when a church choir could not find enough pre-pubescent boys.

"Boys’ voices are breaking earlier; girls are developing breasts as young as six. But why?" Danish researchers began investigating when a church choir could not find enough pre-pubescent boys. "Most paediatric endocrinologists now agree that the age of puberty is falling fast in developed nations. But there is no consensus on why. The changes are happening too fast to be genetic, so the focus is on environmental factors. Obesity, chemicals and even absentee fathers have all been investigated (a girl who lives apart from her father tends to get her period earlier)."

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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Too much sleep results in cognitive decline, researchers find

We know the dangers of too little sleep. Now for the other side of the story.

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Surprising Science
  • Western University researchers found that sleeping over eight hours per night results in cognitive decline.
  • Oversleepers suffer similar difficulties on certain cognitive tests as those who sleep under seven hours.
  • Not all the news is bad: One night of oversleeping results in a cognitive boost.
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Compelling speakers do these 4 things every single time

The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)
Personal Growth

The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.

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